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What Git Tags Are and Aren't

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I see this incorrect concept on Git tags all the time so I decided to write a quick blog post. Many people believe that when you create a Git tag, that you are tagging a branch or that a tag now belongs to a branch. This is false. Git tags have nothing to do with branches.

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My August 2019 Linux Snap Package Metrics

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I maintain a few Snap packages (installable Linux software packages) and I’ve been very interested in the metrics that Snapcraft (the Snap Store) provides. It’s a (minor) indicator of how large the snap user base is (or at least growth) as well as how useful a snap may or may not be. In October I started this Linux Snap Package Metrics series and I’m trying to report back every month with the numbers until someone tells me otherwise 😄.

Here’s the metrics for snaps I maintain for the past month:

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How to Install & Update Zoom (Video Conferencing) on Ubuntu

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Zoom provides a desktop Linux client but it’s just a .deb file. You need to install it and its dependencies as well as keep track of updates yourself. To help with the first part, I’ve written blog posts on how to install Zoom for Ubuntu 18.04 as well as Ubuntu 19.04. That didn’t help me keep track of updates and I noticed I was quickly several versions behind. To solve this problem, I wrote a little script called zoom-mgr (Zoom Manager). continue reading →

CircleCI To The Moon Desktop Wallpaper

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In continuing with my series of CircleCI desktop wallpapers, I’ve made one titled, “CircleCI To The Moon”.

You’ll find the preview in this post but you can download the full resolution 4K/16:9 version (for normal screens) and a nearly-4K/16:10 version (for Macbook-like screens) from the links below.

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Introducing cu-ddns

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cu-ddns is a dynamic DNS client that uses VPS cloud providers such as Linode for DNS. This tool allows pointing a DNS hostname such as home.example.com to an IP address that may change regularly. The typical scenario is having a domain name point to your home IP address however those that travel a lot would find it useful as well. cu-ddns, which stands for “Cloud Unpacked Dynamic DNS” (more on that in the future), is a project I made over the weekend. continue reading →

My May 2019 Linux Snap Package Metrics

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I maintain a few Snap packages (installable Linux software packages) and I’ve been very interested in the metrics that Snapcraft (the Snap Store) provides. It’s a (minor) indicator of how large the snap user base is (or at least growth) as well as how useful a snap may or may not be. In October I started this Linux Snap Package Metrics series and I’ll be updating every month with the numbers until someone tells me otherwise 😄.

Here’s the metrics for snaps I maintain for the past month:

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How to Update the BIOS on System76's Thelio Desktop

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Update: An engineer from System76 chipped in suggesting that this is not a good way to update the BIOS. Their method is still unavailable though. While this may not be the best way to update the BIOS for Thelio computers, this method should still work for GIGABYTE based PCs that don’t support Linux the way System76 does.


I bought a System76 Thelio desktop computer earlier this year (btw, I love it). The BIOS on its Gigabyte motherboard is two releases old. All of the instructions I found on how to update the BIOS involved Windows or formatting and imaging a USB flash drive. It’s 2019, there are easier ways.

Here’s how I updated the UEFI BIOS on my Thelio’s Gigabyte motherboard using only Ubuntu and the Q-Flash.

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How to Install Zoom (Video Conferencing) on Ubuntu 19.04

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Here’s how to install Zoom, a popular video chat software, on Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco”.

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CircleCI Pride Desktop Wallpaper Part 2

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In continuing with my series of CircleCI desktop wallpapers, I’ve made a couple to celebrate Pride Month 2019. This is the second wallpaper and you can find the first one here.

This particular wallpaper has both a light and dark variant. Take a look below to choose your favorite. You’ll find the preview in this post but you can download the full resolution 4K/16:9 version (for normal screens) and a nearly-4K/16:10 version (for Macbook-like screens) from the links below.

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CircleCI Pride Desktop Wallpaper Part 1

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In continuing with my series of CircleCI desktop wallpapers, I’ve made a couple to celebrate Pride Month 2019. This is the first wallpaper and you can find the second one here.

You’ll find the preview in this post but you can download the full resolution 4K/16:9 version (for normal screens) and a nearly-4K/16:10 version (for Macbook-like screens) from the links below.

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